Etsemaye Agonafer, MD, MPH
Etsemaye Agonafer, (UCLA NRSA/DOM Scholar) is the Chief Resident of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She obtained her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Public Health from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She is a graduate of the David Geffen School of Medicine/Charles Drew University PRIME Program, where she was recognized with several awards, including the Dr. Charles R. Drew Award, Edith and Carol Lasky Memorial Award for Outstanding Research, and the Kaiser Permanente Oliver Goldsmith MD Award for the promotion and advancement of culturally responsive care. She received first place for her CDU/UCLA Medical Student Research Thesis, “Case Study: A Qualitative Analysis of the Rise and Fall of Martin Luther King-Drew Medical Center (KDMC).”
Career Interests: Dr. Agonafer is interested in healthcare delivery design and its impact on diverse disadvantaged populations, innovation that incorporates social determinants of health, and quality improvement for underserved populations.
Research Interests: Dr. Agonafer would like to research the impact of health care delivery systems on underserved communities’ health outcomes and patients’ perception of quality of care, and innovative care models to develop tools to guide the improvement of the delivery of their care.